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  • Melbourne City

    The KICSS 2012 conference site will be located near the city centre of Victoria - Melbourne, one of the world's most liveable city.

    City of Melbourne

  • An all time favorite.

    See Australia's fairy penguins at Philip Island, located south of Melbourne. Your family is guaranteed to love these cute little fellows!

    Penguin Parade at Philip Island

  • Witness the greatness of nature!

    Travel along the great ocean road and see the remaining Apostles before they are gone. Located in the south west of Melbourne, it's one sight that you do not want to miss.

    Great Ocean Road

  • The koala is not a bear, but you will want to hug it!

    The koala is not found in Tasmania or Western Australia so don't miss them when you are here.

    Koalas!

  • Love the finer things in life?

    The yara valley regions north of Melbourne is one spot that you do not want to miss. Great wines, food and nature all within a short drive!

    Wineries

  • Nobu? Rockpool? Maze? It's all here!

    Or you are after a culinary adventure of the world, it's all within 10kms of the city centre!

    Melbourne, the food capital

  • The national symbol of Australia

    Kangaroos, they were featured on coins and used as emblems, logos and mascots. So now it's time to see them in real-life.

    Kangaroos

  • Ready for a walkabout?

    You have seen it on the movies, now find out more about indigenous Australians in Melbourne.

    Australian Aborigines

News

15 November 2012
Conference photos are now available under "Conference Program"!

7 November 2012
Registration desk opens at 8am.

Opening address by Professor Susumu Kunifiji at 8.45am
Vice President, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Founder of KICSS and Director of Japan Creativity Society.

18 October 2012
Conference schedule has been updated to reflect the three keynote speakers.

16 October 2012
We have just confirmed our third and final keynote speaker: Professor David G. Green.

4 October 2012
Jon McCormack will be the keynote speaker at 7th KICSS 2012. Details of the keynote is given below.

Computers and Creativity: Past, Present and Future

Assoc. Professor Jon McCormack
Director, Centre for Electronic Media Art
Caulfield School of IT
Monash University, Australia.

Abstract
Creativity is a much used and abused term, prized by many but understood by a relative few. It remains a curious situation that, despite a substantial research effort, no computer software exists that is independently creative by any human standard. Yet various forms of automated creativity are increasingly found in electronic and software-based products. Current attempts at automating creativity are problematic, because they facilitate only constrained, homogenised results that curtail rather than actively engage the human imagination.

But the computer can have many positive contributions to expanding and diversifying human creativity, particularly in the role of a creative partner. Using the concept of a "creative system" – a configuration of carefully connected components with feedback – computers can assist creative humans in discovering novelty, surprise and value. This methodology opens up many new possibilities for the design of creative software and our interaction with it. In this presentation I will show a number of examples of how models adapted from biological evolution and ecosystems can be productively used for creative discovery in artistic contexts.

Creativity and innovation are essential for contemporary society to flourish and prosper in the 21st century. To effectively address this proposition, there needs to be a fundamental change in computing education, so that software engineers actually appreciate not only what creativity is, but what its like to work creatively as an artist, designer or musician. Hence, we advocate an approach where we build on synergistic relationships between people, machines and society to expand our creativity rather than try and automate it.

Biography
For more than twenty years, Jon McCormack has been at the forefront of developing artistic creativity with computers. Working in what is now known as generative art and creative coding, he uses computer code as a medium for creative expression to create unique and distinctive artworks informed by his research in computer science.

His artworks have been widely exhibited at leading galleries, museums and symposia, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Tate Gallery (Liverpool, UK), ACM SIGGRAPH (USA), Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Australia). His has received over 15 international awards for research and new media art including prizes at Ars Electronica (Austria), Images du Futur (Canada), New Voices, New Visions (USA), Alias/Wavefront (USA), The John Lansdown Award for Interactive Media (UK), and Nagoya Biennial (Japan). McCormack led the team that was awarded the 2012 Eureka Prize for innovation in computer science (for the creative musical software Nodal).

McCormack is Associate Professor, ARC Australian Research Fellow and director of the Centre for Electronic Media Art at Monash University, Melbourne. He also holds a Visiting Research Fellow position at Goldsmiths, University of London and was recently artist in residence at the Ars Electronica Future Lab, in Linz, Austria. His most recent book, "Computers and Creativity" is co-edited with Prof. Mark d'Inverno and looks as how artistic and musical creativity is being changed by computers.

3 October 2012
Conference scheduled published!

1 July 2012
Conference venue finalised! Rydges on Swanston, Carlton, Victoria. Check it out here [link].

29 June 2012
Destination Guide section updated! Please check it out regarding invitation letters, visa requirements, conference venue, special hotel rates, etc.

2 May 2012
Due the new IEEE SMC sponsorship and author requests, we have extended the submission due date to 28 May 2012.

24 April 2012
The conference is now officially technically sponsored by IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernatics!

20 February 2012
Paper submission system opens; and important dates updated.

13 December 2011
KICSS 2012 Website fully up and operational.